Chicago Hardy (AKA Hardy Chicago fig tree) is one of the most common figs you will find planted in yards and gardens throughout the country. The Chicago Hardy fig / Hardy Chicago fig has become so popular because it is one of the early fig varieties and performs well in a wide variety of climates.

Chicago Hardy fig trees are a cold hardy fig variety for many climates as the name implies, and they are popular Zone 6 figs and Zone 7 figs because of their ability to grow back from being killed to the ground and still ripen fruits within a single season. However, they also perform well in hot, humid climates because the very tight eye and small size make them resistant to splitting and spoiling, and also make them less vulnerable to common pests like ants.

If you live in a short season climate with borderline cold winters (Zone 6/Zone 7) and hot, humid, rainy summers, this fig tree is a good fruit tree to consider growing because it will produce where other fig varieties fail.

At the end of the video, I have a Chicago Hardy fig taste test of my Chicago Hardy fig tree. The Hardy Chicago fig tree is a light berry fig with light to moderate intensity and a jammy interior.

If you have any questions about this fig, how to grow figs, growing figs in ground or growing figs in containers, any of the things I am growing in my garden, are looking for any garden tips and tricks, or have questions about gardening and organic gardening in general, please ask in the Comments below!


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Chicago Hardy Fig – A Cold Hardy Fig Variety For Many Climates

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  • Anthony Previte

    I just purchased a Chicago Hardy fig and it was just delivered the other day. It has a couple of tiny figlets it and I’m in Cleveland, OH. Should I removed those figlets after the leaves fall off or just leave them on the tree?

  • TheJman

    Lowes had one on clearance in a one gallon pot. Figured Id pick it up. I know you are in a colder climate than me 9b but what about buying super late varieties? Since our winters are sooo dry in the south. Wouldn't really have to Worry about humidity and rain.

  • John Ferenzi

    I happen to pick up a Chicago Hardy in my local grocery store earlier this year. I trans plated into pot and wasn't doing well. I them transplanted in the ground and we go a late frost and the rabbits seem to eaten it. Eventually what was left fell off and then later I want say early July I noticed it was coming back. I now have a 2 foot tree with a good number of leaves. I would like to know what do to protect it in the fall and preparing for winter? My grandfather used to have a fig tree when I was growing up and we had to bend it over and bury it covering it with cardboard, leaves and tarps every fall for the winter. I understand you don't need to do this with the Chicago Hardy but need to do some form of protection with leaves and mulch. Just would like your take on what to do. I live in Northern IL close to the Wisconsin Border.

  • Chris Mc

    The Chicago Hardy is thin skinned and quite sweet! Growing nicely in SC.
    Figs are coming on later this year because of a flood in March when the plant was underwater for over 24 hours. Thought that the plant was dead, but it new shoots began appearing from the ground a few weeks later.
    Pretty Hardy!

  • Giankees

    I Planted my 2 year old Chicago hardy in the ground early this year and I already picked some weighing in at 25 to 30 grams compared to last year in the container about less than half that size, not a bad tasting is what it is, I hope it gets better with age if it survives the NJ winter.

  • TK Wang

    Is fig tree in general drought tolerate and prefer wet soil? I see that you placed your fig tree pots in the open with full sun exposure. What do you do to check when to water them? Thanks.